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The Practice Lab ‘Midwives’

“Thank you for helping to put together a fun potluck and practice lab games on Halloween!” – Nancy Oberst

Lois James featured in Spokesman for YWCA recognition as a Woman of Achievement

A 7-year-old Lois James would walk across an ornate iron bridge on the River Seine in Paris looking for her friend, the shoeshiner.

James was a white, upper-class Irish-born girl, and the shoeshiner, a poor, black Parisian man. She thinks now he may have been homeless, but she didn’t know, and her mother didn’t mind. Each day they’d talk, mostly about her improvement in learning French.

“He was so friendly,” she says now, even though she’d never had her shoes shined by him. » continue reading Spokesman article

Congrats Lois James – YWCA Woman of Achievement Honoree

The YWCA has announced the names of the nine women it will be honoring at its 36th annual Women of Achievement luncheon this fall.

The event has honored more than 230 women since it began. “We definitely want to help bring together individuals in Spokane to honor and acknowledge the amazing contribution of women in our community,” said YWCA Director of Communications Erica Schreiber. “The things they’ve done is just astounding.”

» Continue reading article in the Spokesman

Podcast targets nurses and the environment

She has worked for years to help hospitals and healthcare organizations recycle and become more environmentally aware, and has been nationally recognized for those efforts.

Now Schenk hosts a podcast, “Nurses for Healthy Environments.”

“Nurses are in pivotal positions for this work,” said Schenk, an adjunct faculty member at the Washington State University College of Nursing and leader of nursing research at Providence St. Joseph Health. Sustainability programs require “so many decisions that involve clinical processes, and nurses understand those processes.”

She’s hosted the podcast for about a year, interviewing nurses who are working at the intersection of environment and healthcare. The podcast, which … » More …

Sam and Rosemary Selinger’s gift supports project with Second Harvest

Rosemary and Samuel Selinger moved to Spokane in 1978, and if there’s one thing they’ve learned about their adopted hometown, they say, it’s this: small groups of people can make a difference. 

They learned it through Rosemary’s extensive board and volunteer experience with local nonprofits, and through Samuel’s work introducing Project Access and the Spokane Prescription Assistance Network to Spokane. » More …

Dawn Garzon Maaks

Dawn Garzon Maaks to lead national nurse practitioner association

Mental health is on Dawn Garzon Maaks’ mind as she prepares to become president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners on July 1. 

Garzon Maaks, a clinical professor at the Washington State University College of Nursing in Vancouver,  knows that heading the 9,000-member professional association will give her a nationwide podium, and she plans to use it. » More …